GS Class of 1961
Alice M. Savage ’61 PhD, of Windsor, Me.; Dec. 8, after a brief illness. Her career consisted of teaching, medicine, and health administration. She was an infectious disease specialist at Togus VA Medical Center and chief of staff for more than 25 years. She was involved with various branches of the Kiwanis Children’s Fund and held the positions of director, board member, and trustee. She endowed scholarships at the University of New England, which elected her to its board of trustees. She also contributed to the Kennebec Humane Society and donated generously to numerous nature and wildlife funds. She is survived by her partner, Carolyn B. Perry.
Fredric J. Fleron Jr. ’59, ’61 AM, of Westfield, Mass.; June 2. He was professor emeritus of political science at the University at Buffalo. He wrote seven books on Russian foreign and domestic policy and technology transfer and was preparing two more at the time of his death. While at Brown, he was a teaching assistant and lecturer. He took summer courses at Harvard and then entered the graduate program in political science and Russian studies at Indiana University with a Ford Foundation graduate fellowship and completed his doctorate in government. He taught at the University of Kentucky for five years and joined the University at Buffalo in 1970. At UB he served terms as acting department chairman and director of graduate studies. He developed a new general education curriculum for UB undergraduates and served for several years as associate vice provost for undergraduate education. After retiring in 2003, he became a university research scholar. He lived in the mountains of Colorado for a few years and then moved to Westfield, where he was an adjunct faculty member at Westfield State University from 2008 to 2018. He taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses on aspects of Soviet and American politics and foreign policy. In the 1970s he was invited to serve as a member of the East-West Technology Transfer Advisory Panel for the U.S. Congress. He took part in conferences on Soviet foreign policy sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and served as a consultant to the CIA, the U.S. State Department, the White House staff, and the British Broadcasting Corp. In addition to his books, he contributed to more than 20 book chapters and articles for academic journals and was editor of the Comparative Studies of Communism newsletter. He was an associate of the Harriman Institute on Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University from 1992 to 1995 and was nominated for a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992. He was a civil rights activist and took part in Vietnam War protests. He was a member of the board of directors of the Central Kentucky Civil Liberties Union and served on the board of the Southern Conference Education Fund. He enjoyed many types of music, sang, and played the guitar, banjo, dobro, and cello. He attended concerts and festivals and each year compiled a CD of “Fred’s Favorites” for his friends. He also enjoyed cooking. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly; a daughter; a son; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Leonard P. Fletcher ’61 AM, ’65 PhD, of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Mar. 22. He was recruited by the University of Waterloo in 1965, becoming the fourth faculty member of the economics department. He taught at Waterloo for nearly three decades, retiring in 1994. He founded the Caribbean Canadian Investment Club in 1974. Additionally, he was a founding member of the K-W Caribbean Canadian Cultural Association. He is survived by his wife, Hilda; three children and their spouses; four grandchildren; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.
Donald E. Miller ’61 AM, of Portsmouth, R.I.; Jan. 6., after a long illness. He was a successful university development officer, raising millions of dollars in funds for both the University of Michigan and Boston University. He was a world traveler and writer, visiting many countries on multiple continents, and had a special connection to the former Czechoslovakia. In 1967, he was a first-hand witness to the Prague Spring and, years later, had the opportunity to interview Vaclav Havel. Throughout the 1990s he lived part-time in Slovakia. He rescued cats and compiled many short stories about his animal companions in a book entitled Callie and Me. He was an avid swimmer and is survived by a sister, a brother, four nieces, and a nephew.
Conrad P. Caligaris ’58 AM, ’61 PhD, of Franklin, Mass.; Feb. 19. He was an economics professor at Northeastern University for 30 years. He had previously taught at Boston College and the University of Maine. He enjoyed spending time at the Franklin Senior Center, where he played cribbage. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, four sons and daughters-in-law, and 13 grandchildren.
Richard J. Sederstrom ’61 MAT, of Agawam, Mass., and York, Me.; Oct. 18. He served the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District for 43 years before retiring in 2005. He taught math and science at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School for 16 years and represented the science department as chair for two terms, as well as holding elective office in the Concord Teachers’ Association. For the next 27 years, he was director of personnel for the school system; then, he served a three-year term as president of the American Association for Employment in Education. He received the Priscilla A. Scotian Award for distinguished service in the field of recruiting and training teachers. He enjoyed coaching youth sports and playing tennis and cards, reading, rooting for the New England Patriots, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by three children and their spouses, and six grandchildren.
J. George O’Keefe ’61 PhD, of Greenville, R.I.; Dec. 23. He was a professor of physics at Rhode Island College for 31 years. He retired in 1994. He was a member of several organizations and clubs, including the Smithfield Sportsmen’s Club, Saltwater Anglers and Gloucester Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons; two granddaughters; two sisters and a brother.
James K. Whitney ’61 MAT, of Minneapolis; Aug. 10. He had a long career as an educator and coach in the Hopkins school district and was a World War II veteran. He is survived by three children; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Antonio R. Centore ’61 MAT, of Johnston, R.I.; Sept. 8. He was a history teacher and guidance counselor at Cranston East High School and football coach at Johnston High School until his retirement in 2010. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and is survived by three children and three grandchildren.
Donald D. Hook ’61 PhD, of Georgetown, Del.; July 6. He was a professor of modern languages at URI, Nebraska State College, the Univ. of Hartford, Central Connecticut State College, and St. Joseph College before joining the faculty at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., in 1977, where he also served for more than seven years as chairman of the department of modern languages and Literature. He was the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles, including Madmen of History. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was an avid target shooter and gun collector. He enjoyed gardening and swimming and is survived by a daughter; a son, Terence ’80; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and three grandchildren.
John Cuniberti ’61 AM, of Englewood, N.J.; July 2. He began teaching at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn and continued to teach at Westchester Community College, where he remained as a professor of film for 49 years. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; four children; a daughter-in-law; and a grandson.